Who is Joseph Olowu and why is he starting for Manchester United under-23s?

Manchester United’s under-23s take on Kidderminster tonight and there was a surprise name in the starting XI.

Joseph Olowu is the new face featuring in the Manchester United defence.

Olowu is a free agent after leaving Arsenal in the summer.

The 21-year-old centre-back has played more than 30 under-23 matches for Arsenal and provides some depth for United.

Olowu is understood to be on trial and has not yet signed a contract.

The defender previously played first team football on loan at Cork City.

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Why would United sign him?

United need depth at the centre-back position for the under-23s. The team had the second worst defensive record in the league last season and was often short-handed, with players featuring out of position,

He is partnering the talented Bjorn Hardley, who was with the under-18s last season.

Will Fish has been sent out on loan to Stockport and Di’Shon Bernard has joined Hull City. Teden Mengi is expected to go out on loan.

United could use player coach Paul McShane, but it makes more sense to have a younger defender in with the team.

Dylan Levitt, Shola Shoretire, Ethan Galbraith and Hannibal are in the side after training with the first team and featuring in pre-season.

Mateo Mejia is on the bench after injury, as is D’Mani Mellor, who could make his first appearance in a year after suffering an ACL tear last summer.


United’s under-23s drew the game 2-2, having gone in at half-time with a 2-0 lead.

Omari Forson scored early on from an Alvaro Fernandez cross, before Shola Shoretire added a second.

Kidderminster staged a fightback after half-time and netted the equaliser in the final minutes to claim a 2-2 draw in front of a crowd of just over 3,000.

United made multiple changes in the second half, even changing goalkeeper. Olowu was substituted on 57 minutes with United leading 2-0.

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